Margot Sève

Margot Sève

European Counsel, Financial Institutions Regulation and Enforcement
Margot Sève works on cases involving complex cross-border compliance and enforcement matters, including the resolution of proceedings involving French and U.S. regulatory agen­cies and prosecutors relating to corruption, economic sanctions, money laundering, terrorism financing, market manipulation, banking secrecy and data protection.


Ms. Sève advises clients on their compliance programs, and on matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, such as sanctions, corruption, money laundering and banking regulation due diligence.

She edits the “White Collar Crime and Compliance” chronicle in the Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Financier (Corporate Finance and Capital Markets Law Review – Thomson Reuters) and is a published author. In particular, Ms. Sève has written dozens of articles on compliance, enforcement and financial regulation, as well as the book La Régulation Financière Face à la Crise (“Financial Regulation in the Face of the Crisis”). She holds a doctorate in regulatory law and received the HEC/Allen & Overy Prize for her work on regulation.

Ms. Sève teaches compliance matters and co-manages the Compliance MBA of the Financia Business School. She also serves as secretary of Skadden’s Paris Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Companies and Human Rights: New Obligations, New Tools and New Areas of Intervention,” Campus Avocats 2021, organised by the Paris Bar Association, July 8, 2021
  • “The Debt” webinar (panel on regulation of Fintech in France), Panthéon-Assas law school, June 18, 2021
  • “Défis déontologiques et écueils pratiques de l’avocat enquêteur : conflit d’intérêt, secret professionnel et indépendance” (The ethical and political challenges of lawyers as investigators: conflict of interest, professional secrecy and independence), Campus 2019, hosted by l’Ordre des avocats de Paris, July 3, 2019



  • J.D., University of Paris II - Pantheon Assas, 2007
  • Ph.D., University of Paris I - Pantheon-Sorbonne, 2012
  • M.A., HEC School of Management, 2010
  • M.A., Columbia University, 2009
  • M.B.L., University of Paris II - Pantheon Assas, 2008


  • Paris

Margot Sève

European Counsel, Financial Institutions Regulation and Enforcement